I have a glorious wedding for you today, but before we get started I thought I’d share with you the wedding video of today’s couple Aleksandra and Aaron! Today’s video is captured by No Limit Pictures. The film crew also created a video that was sent to guests as Aleks and Aaron’s wedding invitation.
Cassie and Tony
When I say today’s Sunshine Coast wedding (or technically vow renewal) is full of sunshine, what I mean is – it’s full of yellow, glorious yellow and smiles and love and laughter which to me, is the perfect way to spend a wintery day! (Or if you’re reading from the Northern Hemisphere, perhaps a lovely way to head into summer days!). I will admit, I first fell in love with Cassie’s gorgeous Samantha Wills earrings (I own the same ones in coral) but then, the whole wedding has that same glamorous, beachy vibe!
Cassie says “We met in Las Vegas through mutual friends. I was on a holiday with girlfriends and Tony was in Las Vegas for an event. Tony lived in Los Angeles and I lived in Australia. Eventually I moved to Los Angeles and we lived in LA exclusively, for a few years. We now live between Australia and Los Angeles. Our first wedding (Just us – no family and friends) was in Las Vegas. A beautiful evening ceremony at The Venetian, followed by an intimate dinner at Tao.” For their Australian “Wedding”, Cassie and Tony held their ceremony at Palm Beach, Novotel Twin Waters Resort and their reception at Lily’s on the Lagoon, Novotel Twin Waters Resort.
Photos this afternoon are by Calli B Photography.
For their Australian wedding, Cassie paired yellow Samantha Wills earrings with a gown custom made by a friend, based on a Dior dress worn by Eva Mendes at the Golden Globes. She carried a bouquet of yellow blooms by Blooms Of Noosa.
Cassie’s bridesmaids wore custom made gowns in pale yellow. Cassie says “The whole day was just amazing. Our closest friends and family were all there to celebrate our marriage with us and that meant the world to us. Even though we were already married, people still treated it as if it were our “proper” wedding. Our dream for the day was to have all of our friends and family there, to celebrate, have great drinks, wonderful food, lots of laughter and of course lots of dancing. I think we achieved that!” Cassie walked down the aisle to Luther Vandross featuring Mariah Carey “Endless Love”.
There were plenty of personal touches throughout the day, Cassie explains “We had a beach and starfish theme which featured from the save the date magnets and invitations, right through to the favours. Our favourite drinks are Lychee Martini’s (Cassie) and Margarita’s (Tony) so we had those as our specialty cocktails at the reception. Tony is from the US and I’m Australian so we had a lolly station with both US lollies/Candy and Australian lollies.”
Cassie and Tony’s reception was relaxed, laid back and full of laughter. Cassie shares one of her favourite moments”Tony and I love to have fun and most importantly love to dance. We both didn’t like the idea of spending an entire song dancing slow so we started off with Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you” as a bit of a joke, then it suddenly stopped after about a minute and we busted out into Justin Timberlake’s “Summer Love”. That is when the bridal party joined us. Instead of slow dancing we all got down!”
Congratulations Cassie and Tony on your wedding! Thank you for sharing it with us today on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you to Calli of Calli B Photography for allowing us to share the beautiful imagery!
Photos by Calli B Photography
Penny and Chris
I thought I’d kick today off with a sweet, simple and completely beautiful wedding of two Sydneysiders – Penny and Chris! Simple and beautiful, the couple married in a waterside park and celebrated late with guests in a city wine bar. I love the feeling of this wedding- there’s no pretentiousness, it’s just Penny and Chris getting married!
Photos this morning are by Caspix.
Penny and Chris held their ceremony at Blackwattle Bay Park. Penny walked down the aisle to “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra.
After their ceremony, Penny and Chris held their reception at The Boathouse at Blackwattle Bay. Penny says “Quality food and beverages in a beautiful environment was the priority. We wanted our friends and family to feel like we were sharing an intimate and special meal together and not get lost in an impersonal “reception hall”.”
Guests kicked on after the reception in the city at Bambini Trust Wine Bar, which Penny & Chris booked out for their evening celebrations!
A big congratulations to Penny and Chris on their Sydney celebration! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Also thank you to Cas of Caspix Photography for sharing this morning’s wedding with us!
Photos by Caspix
Wineglass Bay Tourism Tasmania and Geoffrey Lea
If you’re marrying in winter, there has to be no better place to take your honeymoon than Tasmania. Stunning scenery, amazing food and a plethora of adventures to be had. Today, let’s escape and take a honeymoon down south! If you’re a local or have traveled to Tassie recently and have anything to add to my lists, please leave a comment!
Five Fantastic Places To Stay
Tourism Tasmania & Cradle Mountain Lodge
Right in the midst of breathtakingly beautiful Cradle Mountain sits Cradle Mountain Lodge and Waldheim Alpine Spa. The closest accommodation to the mountain, Cradle Mountain Lodge is all about getting back to nature. Surrounded by walking trails, the pine cabins offer luxuries like log fires, spa baths, three onsite bars & restaurants and the gorgeously decadent Waldheim Alpine Spa. The lodge allows you to be wildly adventurous with a daily activity schedule, or just relax in your room and enjoy the sweeping views!
Tourism Tasmania & Pure Tasmania
Saffire Freycinet is located on Tasmania’s East coast and overlooks Great Oyster Bay & Hazards Mountains, Everything is pure luxury here- perfect for your Tasmanian honeymoon! From the organic design of the buildings (which include Tasmanian woods) to the beautiful suites (all include king sized beds with double shower & bath and guests staying in the Premium Suites enjoy their own private plunge pool). There’s a day spa on-site and a divine restaurant featuring (of course) local produce, meaning you never have to go outside…unless of course that hike beckons!
Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett
Peppers always has some stunning properties and their Tasmanian property Peppers Calstock doesn’t let the team down! Set on 200 acres, accommodation is offered within the mansion built in the 1800’s. There are seven guest rooms and two guest suites. The adults only retreat has a French provincial style with beautiful food (overseen by chef Stuart Godfrey) served on-site.
Tourism Tasmania & Dan Fellow
Overlooking Mount Roland. Eagles Nest Retreat provides an intimate setting with panoramic views. The retreat is filled with locally crafted furniture, fully equipped kitchen, dream chef service, in house massages and open fires. you can even take a spa underneath the stars!
Tourism Tasmania & Jason Clare
Right on the shore in Stanley (home of natural wonder The Nut), sits @ VDL Stanley, an architecturally designed boutique hotel. Housed in bluestone walls, VDL Stanley only has three guest suites, so privacy is ensured. Each suite features flat screen TVs, coffee machines and luxurious “signature” beds! Each room has water views and the owners even provide a munchie box full of treats to keep you satisfied while relaxing your day away!
Five Fun Things To Do
I will admit I picked mostly adventures for “things” but Tasmania lends itself so easily to getting back to nature – because the scenery is so completely stunning. it seems a shame not to do something on your honeymoon that gets your feet thumping on the dirt or your arms rowing along a river. Plus there’s nothing more romantic than a quiet walk between two newlyweds.
Tourism Tasmania and John de la Roche
Well admittedly I did have to throw in a little bit of shopping! If you can get to Tasmania when the Salamanca Markets are on, they’re a ‘must visit’! They’re held every Saturday in Hobart and are a cross between a farmer’s market and an art & crafts market. There are dozens and dozens of stalls selling all kinds of odds and ends, beautiful foods, treasures and one offs, plus buskers providing free entertainment too!
Tourism Tasmania & Tasmanian Expeditions
The Overland Track is for true adventurists- it requires a booking and has a few shorter walks and a magnificent six day hike between Lake St Clair and Cradle Mountain. Through mountains, hills and valleys- this honeymoon adventure will take you back to the peace and quiet of nature with some of the most beautiful Australian landscapes you will ever see.
Tourism Tasmania and Joe Shemesh
The Gordon River Paddle is a fresh way to see Tasmania- from the water! Departing from Strahan, the Gordon River Paddle takes you for a day of exploration. Accompanied by a trained guide, you’ll pass through some of Tasmania’s untouched landscapes and be enthralled with stories of moments past. All cruises include meals (fresh Tasmanian produce of course) and in the summer months a trip to Sarah Island.
Tourism Tasmania & Lap Fung Lam
If you’re staying close to Launceston, but still want a little nature, Cataract Gorge & Kings Bridge are only 15 minutes away from the city centre. There are a multitude of fun adventures to be had here- walking trails, a suspension, and most famously The basin chairlift which covers 457 metres. If you’re the type that likes to spend your holidays sleeping or with a good book, Cataract Gorge may be the perfect way to get some fresh air without the trouble!
Tourism Tasmania & Chris Bray
I must admit there are a lot of nature inspired to-do’s in this list, but it’s just because the landscapes are so marvelous! I did leave my favourite until last though- look at that view! Wineglass Bay is located halfway down the east coast of Tasmania. Both treks don’t take very long but provide a picture perfect view. Alternatively you can visit the Wineglass Bay beach- which has been named as one of the best in the world (and who can resist the crystal blue waters, white sand and perfect shape?). There are plenty of fun activities available too- snorkeling, mountain bike riding and sea kayaking to name a few!
Five Fabulous Things To Eat
On any trip, my favourite thing to do is to check out local produce (especially wine!) Tasmania is full of local delicacies and here are five of my favourites!
Tourism Tasmania & Lap Fung Lam
I love my cheese and Ashgrove Cheese is a family run business producing cheese from dairy milk fresh from the cows living on site. They specialise in Australian cheddar (with varieties spanning Rubicon Red and Crumbly Tasty), though they also get a little creative with varieties such as Lavender and wild wasabi! The cheddar factory allows you to view the process through the viewing room, have a cheese tasting and browse other local produce.
Tourism Tasmania & Rick Eaves
Honestly, could there be anything better than a chocolate factory? (In Adelaide, I always go straight to the Haighs Factory first to stock up)! You know I’d have to find you a decadent place of deliciousness to visit on your honeymoon! House Of Anvers in Latrobe, use Tasmania’s creams and butters to produce truffles, pralines, fudges and of course – pure chocolate! Not only can you visit the Museum of Chocolate (I think museums just got enticing!) but there’s a tasting centre and a coffee shop specialising in..chocolate!
Tourism Tasmania & Lap Fung Lam
After all that cheese and chocolate, you may need something a little healthy to kick start you for the rest of your trip! Sorrell Fruit Farm in Sorrell allows you to pick your own berries and beans (and they have a lot of berries- from strawberries to loganberries, blackberries and even cherries) while enjoying the local bird life. You can even pick up a few jars of jam, chutneys and vinegars made from the farm’s produce.
Tourism Tasmania & Lap Fung Lam
So we have pre dinner cheeses sorted, dessert and even the health base covered – but what about something for dinner? Being in Tasmania, you have got to try the seafood and Barilla Bay at Cambridge is the perfect place to start. Fresh pacific oysters are available for your purchase (along with their own blend of Worcestershire sauce) and their acclaimed restaurant pairs their local produce with local wines and other scrumptious delicacies!
Tourism Tasmania & Lap Fung Lam
Honey on crumpets your style? The Honey Farm in Chudleigh is a must for lovers of the bee! They make over 50 different types of honey (sent all over Australia) and their “farm door” showcases their entire range, the background to their process and every honey related product you can think of, including (my favourite) beeswax candles.
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